TAZARA temporarily suspends operations between New Kapiri-Mposhi and Kasama
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has announced that train movements between New Kapiri-Mposhi and Kasama in Zambia are temporarily disrupted to allow for repairs on the Chambeshi Rail Bridge, which suffered major damages from a goods train accident that occurred on 13 May 2021.
The section of the track between Chambeshi Station and Kasama Station, a stretch of 83 km, has been closed to passenger trains. TAZARA's passenger trains in Zambia are currently only running between Kasama and Nakonde until further notice. However TAZARA's cargo wagons are being propelled across the Chambeshi Rail Bridge without locomotives, a measure that will guarantee uninterrupted deliveries of cargo to and from Kapiri-Mposhi. According to Head Public Relations, Conrad Simuchile, TAZARA is anticipating to resume normal operations within 12 weeks.
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is a bi-national railway, jointly owned by the Government of Tanzania and the Government of Zambia on an equal share-holding basis. The 1,860 km-rail runs from Tanzania and East Africa’s major seaport of Dar es Salaam into the heart of Zambia's Central Province, terminating at New Kapiri-Mposhi, where it is further linked by road and rail to Zambia's capital city, Lusaka (about 200 km), Zambia's mining nerve centre, the Copperbelt province (about 100 km) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).